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Police nab alleged van thief stuck on the side of the road

STOCKERTOWN, Pa. - A Bronx man finds himself in Northampton County Prison after state police allegedly found him stuck on the highway in the driver’s seat of a stolen van.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Roberto A. Disla with a felony count of receiving stolen property and a summary traffic offense following his arrest Monday morning in Stockertown. District Judge John Capobianco arraigned the 52-year-old later that afternoon, setting bail at $50,000.

New Jersey State Police with the Perryville barracks sent out an alert about 8:45 a.m. Monday about a white 2011 Ford Econoline van being stolen from a Hunterdon County truck stop. Authorities reported that the van was stolen from a Pilot truck stop and was reported to be heading west on Interstate 78 toward Pennsylvania, according to court records.

The driver was described as an Hispanic man wearing dark clothing.

State police from the Belfast barracks were dispatched to northbound Route 33 in Stockertown shortly before 9:30 a.m. for a report of a disabled vehicle. A trooper arrived to find the stolen van stuck in the median just south of Route 191, according to records.

As the trooper approached the van, Disla was reportedly behind the wheel. He was ordered to the ground as he stepped out of the vehicle and taken into custody.

Disla was sent to county jail to await a Dec. 4 preliminary hearing after failing to post bail.

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